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Beach, Bottorff Named ACC Performers of the Year
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/21/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Redshirt senior Curtis Beach was named ACC Men’s Indoor Field Performer of the Year and graduate student Juliet Bottorff was named ACC Women’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year, as announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford Friday. The head track and field coach from each conference school voted on the end-of-the-season award.

Beach concluded his indoor track and field campaign in spectacular fashion, earning the second NCAA heptathlon title of his collegiate career. The Albuquerque, N.M., native secured the title after amassing 6,190 points, a conference, school and personal-best mark. Prior to winning the national title, Beach posted a strong performance at the conference championships in Clemson, S.C., placing first with a meet record score of 5,987. Beach also placed sixth in the long jump, recording a mark of 23-11.75 (7.31) on his first and only attempt of the competition. In total, Beach secured 14 points for the fourth-place finishing Blue Devils at the conference championships.

Recently named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Field Athlete of the Year, Beach concludes his indoor collegiate career as a two-time national heptathlon champion and two-time ACC heptathlon champion. Beach was also placed on The Bowerman Watch List earlier this week, the eighth appearance on the list in his career. Beach also garnered the ACC Indoor Field Performer of the Year in 2012 after earning his first conference heptathlon title.

Bottorff saw similar success both at the conference and national competitions. The Newark, Del., native successfully defended her 5,000-meter title at the ACC Championships, winning the event in a time of 15:59.40. Bottorff returned to the track one day later, finishing third in the 3,000 in a time of 9:27.18. The two-time ACC 5,000m champion helped guide the Duke women to a second-place finish, as Bottorff earned 16 points for the Blue Devils.

Bottorff also closes her indoor collegiate career with a plethora of awards. In addition to two first team All-America honors in the indoor 5,000, Bottorff also earned second team All-America honors as a member of Duke’s distance medley relay in 2011.